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How to Guess Someone's Age

Updated on December 12, 2011

You Can Guess Anyone's Age

It is easy to guess someone's age by using the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

By now most Americans are familiar with this astrological calendar. While in the West we use a monthly calendar, e.g. Cancer, Gemini, Capricorn, etc., the Chinese lunar calendar is based on a 12 year cycle.

It begins this year, 2008, with the year of the rat (see picture below), followed by the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the boar (pig).

Many people may be reluctant to reveal their age but they have no problem revealing their lunar sign.

Follow these simple rules:

If someone tells you they are born under the sign of the rat, and this is the year of the rat, then you know their age would be as follows: 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, etc.

If they were born under the year of the boar which was last year, then you would add one year to 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc.

I am born under the sign of the ox (also known as the water buffalo and in Korea, the cow). Next year is the year of the ox. So that means that next year I will be 12, 24, 36, 48 (maybe), 60 (possibly), 72 (not yet). etc. but this year, of course I would be one year less.

With a 12 year division it is easy to guess whether someone is 12, 24, 36, 48, etc.

Try it and let me know!

Note: February, 2012 begins the year of the dragon (water). So if someone says the are born in the dragon - again you can guess their age. You can pretty much look at them and guess if they are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 etc.


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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh thank you so very much, Sal. You have made me feel so good this morning.

      After the time in China I simply cannot go to an American doctor. I saw real skill and talent and yes of course years and years of training. We were just so awed that these doctors could tell us exactly what was wrong with us in minutes - no blood tests, no x-rays, nothing invasive.

      And the Korean acupuncturist - wow. She was also a yoga teacher. A true teacher. I did (and saw) poses that I never knew existed. She was totally into good physical health.

      There is much more for me to wrote about Korea. I've shared some of the experiences when I wrote about food and my living arrangements (the officetel) but I will write more.

      I don't know of any acupuncturist writing here on hub pages. Maybe you might consider that and share your experiences (while I think more about acupuncture).

      Meanwhile, I did write a hub about how acupuncturists are now treating cats and dogs. I'm so glad to see this.

      Thanks a million for writing and all the reading you did.

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      9 years ago

      Honestly enjoyed reading about your trip to Beijing. I'm an acupuncturist myself and reading about your wonderful experiece with acupuncture, it seems as though you should change your field of work and become an Acupuncturist. You'll be a wonderfull doctor I'm sure. Just to let you know loved the way you shared your experience regarding the visit to the Great Wall. Please tell us more about your time in Korea.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well glad you found me - and I have since been hanging out in your hubs and enjoying all those weird laws and following you as well. Thanks for leaving a comment too!

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Interesting article, BKCreative. Not certain how I found you but have just become your fan and will be reading more of your work.

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      12 years ago

      Dear Moonlake,

      One of my most compatible signs is the rooster! I'm an ox/water buffalo (in Korea it's the cow).

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      12 years ago from America

      I was born under the year of the rooster.

      Thanks for becoming my fan. I like your hubs also and have not tried that tea yet.


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